Pop-Culture Guru’s Latest Book is a Marvel

Texas Tech librarian and comic book expert Rob Weiner publishes exhaustive 385-page reference work on the universe of Spidey, Iron Man and The Fantastic Four.

Written by Cory Chandler

Marvel Graphic Novels and Related Publications by Rob Weiner is  a 385-page reference guide for comic book fans, collectors and scholars.

"Marvel Graphic Novels and Related Publications" by Rob Weiner is a definitive reference guide for comic book fans, collectors and scholars.

To all those would-be comic book historians whose mothers tossed out their research materials while cleaning out the attic: here’s the resource for you.

“Marvel Graphic Novels and Related Publications: An Annotated Guide,” written by Texas Tech University pop cultural guru Rob Weiner, is an exhaustive 385-page reference work on the universe of Spidey, Iron Man and The Fantastic Four.

Written to appeal to casual fans, committed collectors and scholars of sequential art – a lofty term for comic books – the guide provides detailed descriptions for all of Marvel’s mainstream comics. Bibliographic citations provide information on writers and artists, ISBN numbers and plot synopsis for each publication title.

Weiner, a Texas Tech author, librarian and instructor with expertise on topics ranging from the Grateful Dead to American presidents in film, noted that a growing number of universities are offering courses that examine the social and psychological impact of sequential art.

“Superman, Batman and Spiderman represent a 20th century type of folklore, much like their predecessors: Odysseus, Hercules and Perseus,” he said.

Weiner spent six years compiling the book – a task that required him to read all the works himself. The guide includes anecdotes and listings of scholarly publications on the subject.

Weiner serves as a subject librarian for the Texas Tech University Library who specializes in art, sequential art, music and film. He is currently co-editing a book about transgressive exploitation and art cinema and plans the release of another book covering a Marvel staple: Captain America.

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University Librarian Rob Weiner

Rob Weiner is a subject librarian at the University Library who specializes in art and sequential art.

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Weiner's latest book, “Marvel Graphic Novels and Related Publications: An Annotated Guide,” published by McFarland, can be purchased through Amazon.com.